Custom Cut Marble Foyer and Restoration of Antique Marble Fireplace installed on wetbed cement.
Marble adds a sophisticated element to the area in which it is installed. Its appearance, engineering characteristics, and ease of maintenance make it a premium choice for floors, wall claddings, table tops, wainscot, floors, and vanity tops. Many marbles are well suited for wet area application, which extends the versatility of this material to include tub decks and showers. Often mistaken for marble is serpentine, which is actually magnesium-silicate, based as opposed to calcite based. It exhibits greater acid resistance and abrasion resistance than does a true marble. These properties make serpentine a common choice for both kitchen counter and exterior application Onyx is often confused with marbles, yet it is a significantly different While vulnerable to chemical and abrasive attack, the unique appeal of onyx is perhaps unsurpassed by any other material.
Sandstone and the overwhelming majority of sandstones on the market are quartz-based. Many types of sandstone are used in cubic sections as sills, coping, water tables and other exterior features. Exterior cladding is also a common application, although this stone variety is typically used in thicker sections than other stone types due to lower bending strengths. While sandstone has been used in both countertop and shower lining applications, the varieties that are suitable for these installations are limited. Quartzite can be of exceptional strength, density, and hardness. The strength, abrasion resistance, and weathering durability of this rock type extend its application possibilities to include most any of the common uses for stone Slate and Soapstone Noted for chemical resistance and versatility. A traditional use of both these materials was the laboratory table top in chemistry labs. That application alone should serve as a great testimonial to the chemical resistance of the materials. Being of the softer varieties of dimension stone types, neither of these materials is known for particularly high abrasion or scratch resistance, yet they are both used as flooring and countertop products. Soapstone is highly heat resistant, and has been used in fireplace surrounds frequently to take advantage of this property. Slate has the ability to be processed into thin sheets and still maintain serviceable strength and rigidity. This property makes slate the only dimension stone having been used for blackboards and roofing shingles. It was traditionally used as the cloth-covered playing surface of billiards tables Featuring soft earth tones, decorators integrating these stones into their design have great flexibility in selecting complimentary colors for other interior elements
Since these stones are some of the softer varieties of natural stone materials, they have long been a popular choice for intricately carved features and moldings, as well as statuary Limestone is vulnerable to alteration by exposure to mild acids. The combination of acid sensitivity and absorption limit the number of varieties that are suitable for counter top applications, and the user of limestone countertops should be well educated in its properties.
Let us guide you the selection of material type for your next project. Ask about our variety of finishes and textures as well as special treated surfaces. Marble, Quartzite and Granite can all make an excellent surface for kitchen countertops.
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